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In Memoriam Professor Pierre T. Kabamba: Esteemed colleague, dedicated teacher, respected scholar

Dr. Pierre T. Kabamba (PhD ‘81, Ing. Civil ‘77), Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, passed away on September 20, 2014.| Medium Read

In Memoriam
Professor Pierre T. Kabamba
July 3, 1955 – September 20, 2014

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IMAGE:  Award established in honor of Aerospace Engineering Professor Pierre Kabamba

Dr. Pierre T. Kabamba (PhD ‘81, Ing. Civil ‘77), Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, passed away on September 20, 2014.

Born July 3, 1955 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pierre Kabamba graduated Suma Cum Laude as an Ingénieur Civil en Mathématiques Appliquées from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium in 1977. He then moved to the United States, received his Ph.D. in 1981 from Columbia University, and joined the University of Michigan’s Aerospace Engineering Department in 1983.

A distinguished control engineer, Professor Kabamba’s many professional contributions include more than 100 journal papers, spanning a large swath of control theory. In particular, he was elevated to the rank of Fellow of IEEE in 1996 for contributions to the development of sampled-data hold function control of dynamic systems. His research awards include a best special paper award from SICE, Japan, and numerous best in session awards. He served as associate editor for Mathematical Modeling of Systems and Mathematical Problems in Engineering, and as a program committee member for several American Control Conferences.

An educator at heart, Professor Kabamba co-authored two textbooks, Quasi-Linear Control, with S. Ching, Y. Eun, C. Gokcek and S. Meerkov in 2011, and Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance, with A. Girard in 2014. His teaching awards include the Aerospace Engineering Department Teaching Award (1994) and the Silver Shaft Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2002).

Professor Kabamba cared deeply about the University of Michigan and its Aerospace Engineering Department, and led by example with clear personal standards and personal dedication. He served on many university committees, including the College of Engineering Executive Committee (twice), Discipline Committee, Scholastic Standing Committee, tenure committees, and on departmental graduate and search committees, among others.

Pierre is survived by his wife Joséphine Kasa-Vubu and children Monique, Orianne and Louis.

There will be visitation on Tuesday, September 23 at the Nie funeral home on Liberty and Wagner. The address is 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103.  Friends and colleagues and students are invited from 5 to 8 PM.  There will be sharing starting at 6 PM.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 24 at 10am at Saint Thomas church located 530 Elizabeth Street in Ann Arbor 48104 Michigan.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering has established a fund for scholarships in honor of  Professor Pierre T. Kabamba. Memorial gifts payable to the “ University of Michigan” and noting the “scholarships in honor of Pierre Kabamba” in the memo should be sent to:

Department of Aerospace Engineering
1320 Beal Avenue
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building Room 3064
Ann Arbor MI 48109-2140.

If gifts are received in sufficient amount and the family opts to establish an endowment, the gifts will be administered as a permanent endowment under MI law and University policies.

Guest Writer, Prof. Anouck Girard

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